Amerigo Vespucci Day

Yesterday morning I had to take one of my dogs for dental surgery at the vets.  I had to have him there by 7:30 so I decided to give myself plenty of time to navigate the trip.  Usually, at that time of morning, the route I would take is populated by bumper to  bumper traffic either taking their kids to the local high school, or traveling to the nearby Maine Turnpike entrance on their way to Portland.

After turning onto the aforementioned route, I found myself sailing along in very light traffic.  It was more like a Saturday morning.  That’s when it donned on me that it was “Indigenous American” day.   Yup.  You heard me right.  All the bleeding hearts up here in Augusta, having no pressing issues like infrastructure, health, homelessness, veterans benefits, etc.  have decided to spend their taxpayer time on throwing old Chris Columbus under the bus.  It seems that none of his accomplishments were worthy of note. Instead we (and there are a lot of us that are not included in that “we”) have decided to salve our consciences and pay lip service to the  first residents of our nation at his expense instead of giving them their own day.  I might note that there is still a substantial “indigenous” population here in Maine that have been less then happy with the way the state government has treated them over land rights, and, of course, they vote.  But hey, what does that have to do with anything.

Not being a learned history buff, I decided to read a little about what was going down way back then.  One of the first things that I found was the record of an uprising in 1891 by a mob of thousands in New Orleans that massacred Italian Americans.  Of course, we already know what fortunes befell the African Americans back when our nation was young.  And none of it was perpetrated by Christopher Columbus.  So the message here, at least to me is, if you profess to abhor one guy by what he purportedly did, you can take away his holiday and award it to another group and feel really good about yourself.

I’m retired, so what Columbus Day used to mean to me (a day off) is no longer relevant. But, I am pretty sure that today’s working public could care less what you call it as long as they can still stay home.  Therefore, given that none of this holier then thou social conscience amounts to a hill of pooh, I propose that we celebrate the Italian Americans that actually helped build this nation by establishing Amerigo Vespucci Day.  After all, the America’s were named after him.  

I hesitate to bring that up for fear I could start a new movement that doesn’t like the idea that the America’s were named after an Italian and think we should therefore rename the country. But then, who among the greatest in our history is virtuous enough to accept the mantel.  Now that’s a tough one, so how about this. We just tell everyone that USA stands for United States of Ambivalence and call it a day.  Just sayin!!

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to Amerigo Vespucci Day

  1. quiall says:

    hahaha . oops! As a Canadian I can openly endorse this post! (Canada got it’s name because of a misunderstanding)


  2. msmcword says:

    How about if we condense all of these “days” and holidays into just one day a year, and we can call it “Everyone Who Has Ever Contributed to The History of Our Country” day.


    • oldmainer says:

      I could live with that,, but rest assured there would be fights over clarification. Does it include both genders, ethnic and religious groups etc. etc. I’m afraid it is in our genes to never be satisfied:)


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